Thought as Prayer

Perhaps our each and every thought is known to God and all that is lacking (but it is a enormous lack) is that we should always realize that thinking is praying (and bad thinking is blaspheming.)

Lionel Trilling wrote a collection of essays which came to be entitled “The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent.”

Here is one of many reviews and blogs touching upon this book.

We can understand Paul’s strange injunction to “pray at all times” (which the Eastern Orthodox respond to with “the prayer of the heart”) in the very simple context that we should always be thoughtful and that our mood as we think should always be sober, compassionate and reverent. After all, we do experience a stream of consciousness during every waking moment and we are aware that to some degree we have it within our power to focus and direct our thoughts away from some less worthy subjects and towards more worthwhile subject. Whenever we sleep our only recollection upon waking are dreams which are also a form of thought.”

Sow a thought; reap an action.
Sow an action; reap a habit.
Sow a habit; reap a character.
Sow a character; reap a destiny.


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